This seminar is a two-day course that aims to introduce students to the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East. Professor Dick Douwes and Mohammad Meqdad will position the cultural heritage of the Middle East as a contemporary construct via its connection to race, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism.
In this course, students will learn to identify religion as one of the main components of cultural heritage, as well as the challenges that a religious-cultural heritage faces in its wider context. Furthermore, students will learn the process of changes that takes place and subsequently, its effect on the relationship between people and their religious-cultural heritage. Students will appreciate the intrinsic value of a religious-cultural site that will be present during the seminar.